Thursday, January 9, 2020

Review - Tiger Heart by Penny Chrimes

Title: Tiger Heart
Author: Penny Chrimes
Pages: 240
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Release Date: 9th January 2020

Blurb from Goodreads:

One magical friendship. One roaring adventure.

The magical tale of a bold young chimney sweep and a remarkable tiger, a dangerously hypnotic ruby and a mystical land found across an ocean and through a storm. Perfect for fans of The Girl of Ink and Stars and Pax.

Fly never meant to end up in a cage with a man-eating tiger. And though she's no princess, when the tiger bows to her, she can't help vowing to free him and return him home.

But the bird-filled jungles and cloud-topped mountains of the tiger's homeland are an ocean away. And not everyone wants the tiger to return.

With dark and dangerous forces working against them, will Fly be able to fulfil her promises, keep them both alive and - just maybe - become the queen her tiger knows her to be?

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*

Fly is an orphan and a reluctant chimney sweep.
Her life changes when she drops into a cage that has a tiger in it.
The tiger bows to Fly, telling her that she has blue blood and is therefore royal. The tiger vows to restore Fly to her throne, but all Fly wants is to escape from her cruel boss.
Fly promises to free the tiger and the other caged animals, and ends up on a journey filled with danger.
Will the tiger return home?
Is Fly really a princess?

My main thought about Tiger Heart is that I really want a talking tiger as my friend. Tiger was my favourite character and I liked how he tried to protect Fly.
I liked Fly - she was brave and wanted to do the right thing. However, I did find the way she talked a bit annoying at times, but I know that Fly spoke that way because of the time period the book is set in.
The setting was interesting and I liked Fly's friendships with some other orphans.
I liked the themes that the author wrote about and thought they were handled well. There were some quite dark things that happened, which surprised me.
This wasn't quite what I expected, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read.

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